Be a little foolish this weekend

An international touring group of larger than life sized interactive mutant puppet-creatures and masked musicians that hail from Rhode Island, Big Nazo above, will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Festival of Fools Aug. 2-4 in downtown Burlington.

An international touring group of larger than life sized interactive mutant puppet-creatures and masked musicians that hail from Rhode Island, Big Nazo above, will perform Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Festival of Fools Aug. 2-4 in downtown Burlington.

Burlington City Arts is pleased to present the 6th annual Festival of Fools, a free, fun-for-all-ages street festival taking place in downtown Burlington, Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4. The festival kicks off on Friday at 5 pm with a bike parade down Church Street and the spectacle of fools opening gala with Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger. The festival features street performances and entertainers from around the globe, giving residents and visitors an opportunity to experience world-class performances in downtown Burlington on the Church Street Marketplace and in City Hall Park.

A curated festival of street theater, this annual event is devoted to community engagement through the celebration of circus arts, music, and comedy for family audiences. In accord with Burlington City Arts’ mission to make the arts accessible in greater Burlington, the Festival of Fools offers free events, open to the public, and appropriate for all age groups.

Festival of Fools brings the age-old tradition of busking to Burlington. Busking is the practice of performing in public places for tips and gratuities. Performers will be conducting their acts at various locations called pitches throughout the day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. While the entertainment is free, festival goers should feel free to donate to the performer if they like what they see.

Again this year on Saturday from 12-4 pm, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s Kids Zone in City Hall Park features face painting, whimsical make-and-takes, free Bucket O’ Fun circus arts workshops, games, and more! Don’t miss the inspired silliness of the Hokum Brothers featuring Charlotte resident Woody Keppel and his cohorts, who will offer enough sly satire and social commentary to insure audiences will be wearing a happy face long after the show is over.

And for a special evening experience, check out the Feast of Fools Block Party, a festive block party presented by American Flatbread Burlington Hearth and Zero Gravity Craft Brewery on St. Paul Street, Saturday from 5-10 pm, showcasing Vermont food and drink, with live entertainment by Vermont Joy Parade as well as other festival performers. Also don’t miss performances by Big Nazo, Friday through Sunday in front of City Hall, and the Starlight Lounge on the top block of Church Street Friday and Saturday evenings until midnight. The festival wraps up on Sunday, Aug. 4 with a grand finale featuring all the performers of the festival.

For more information about the Festival of Fools call (802) 865-7166 or visit www.burlington cityarts.org.

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